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Five Reasons To Visit Detroit For Spring Break

When you say the words "spring break," the first thought that pops into your head might not be one concerning Detroit, or even anywhere remotely close to Detroit. But in reality, Detroit offers locals and tourists some of the best options for making the best out of their spring break each year, with plenty of fun and affordable options to choose from. The weather is finally clearing up so here are the best ways to make the most of it in the Motor City.
Nothing beats opening day at the park watching the Detroit Tigers (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Detroit Tigers Vs. Minnesota Twins Opening Day
2100 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 962-4000 April 6, 2015 at 12 p.m.

What could possibly beat a long, cold winter better than a trip out to the ballpark for the first game of the season? The Detroit Tigers, still riding their incredible success after the last few seasons, are gearing up for another run at the World Series in 2015. The four-time American League Champions open the season against conference rivals, the Minnesota Twins, and no matter what the weather is like, you can bet this is the greatest way to start spring in Detroit.

There's not much more time to enjoy watching the Red Wings at the Joe Louis Arena (Credit, Michael Ferro)

Detroit Red Wings - Race For The Playoffs!
19 Steve Yzerman Drive
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 396-7000
www.redwings.nhl.comDate: Throughout March and Early April

For decades, the Detroit Red Wings have been one of the most successful franchises in all of sports; from their longest-in-sports consecutive playoff appearances record to their legendary runs to the Stanley Cup, there's nothing quite like the experience of a Red Wings game. This year is one of the final years to see the Red Wings play in their home at the Joe Louis Arena along the Detroit Riverfront before they leave forever and move to their new Midtown home, now under construction. Throughout March and April, the Red Wings host a number of exciting home games on their race to the playoffs. Check the website for more details and match-ups.

St. Patrick's Day Parade
6th St. and Michigan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 475-4675
www.detroitstpatricksparade.comDate: March 15, 2015 at 12 p.m.For the 57th year in a row, the Corktown area of Detroit reverts back to its Irish roots and transforms into a virtual tavern on every corner. This year, the Detroit St. Patrick's Day Parade committee is proud to announce Jim Dewan as its Grand Marshal for the parade. With the weather clearing up, and Detroiters and tourists joining together to share in some of the finest green beers that the Motor City has to offer, there's no better place to be for your spring break than right downtown and ready to party. The Detroit River may not get dyed green, but just about everything else does.

Related: A Walking Tour Of Detroit's Downtown

Detroit's Eastern Market 
2934 Russell St.
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 833-9300
www.detroiteasternmarket.comDate: Every Saturday in March and AprilNothing quite says spring like a visit to an outdoor market, and after another chilly winter, a trip to Detroit's own Eastern Market is just the way to start off your spring break with the freshest foods and gifts available. Detroit's Eastern Market is the oldest operating market in the entire country, having been continually operating since 1891. Though the Eastern Market has the best food offerings that spring farms have to offer, many locals travel here every weekend to pick out some of the area's best crafts and other goods, as well. Many now-popular companies in Detroit got their start with a small booth at the Eastern Market.
"Diego Rivera And Frida Kahlo In Detroit" Preview At The D.I.A.
5200 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
www.dia.orgDate: March 13, 2015, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.One of the most highly anticipated events at the Detroit Institute of Arts in years is the upcoming "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit" exhibition that will take place later this spring and summer. But for all of those working in education, the DIA is opening its doors for a special event this spring break to give a preview of this fantastic new exhibit before it opens to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and all other educators may sign up for a DIA Educator Pass to receive free general admission to the museum. Pre-registration for this event is required.

Related: A Breakdown Of Detroit Neighborhoods

Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in Ypsilanti Township. Additional writing can be found at
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